SOUTH FORSYTH — A Boy Scout troop from south Forsyth is without $10,000 worth of camping and service project supplies after its storage trailer was stolen in Gwinnett County.
The trailer housed everything the troop of some 25 members uses to camp. That included stoves, cooking gear, tools, shovels, lanterns, tarps, patrol boxes and service project supplies, said Tom Gillon, scoutmaster for Troop 1109.
“We had several key donations and fundraisers over the past year that allowed us to have a fully stocked and prepared trailer, ready to support the troop on our outings and community service projects for the foreseeable future,” Gillon said.
“It has taken other Boy Scout troops years to achieve what we accomplished in less than a year. Sadly, we’re back to where we started a year ago as a brand-new troop.”
The troop meets at Lakeside Middle School after forming last year. Gillon said they filed a report with Gwinnett County police Friday.
The department confirmed the report filing for a stolen storage unit in Buford. According to an incident report, the trailer is “fully enclosed and black … there was one orange sticker on the rear door that said ‘KTM world.’”
Gillon said the Scouts range in age from 11 to 17.
“They’re bummed all their stuff got taken. It’s like, you stole from the Boy Scouts? Really? They are disappointed and surprised about it,” he said. “They know we’ve worked hard to build up what we had.
“But they’re maintaining a positive attitude. Part of scouting is learning to deal with problems and overcoming those and adversity, and this is a very real-life lesson. It’s kind of a rough one we have to go through.”
To help Troop 1109 in their efforts to reclaim lost items, visit troop1109.org.